Bennett's tree-kangaroo

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Bennett's tree-kangaroo[1]
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D. bennettianus
Binomial name
Dendrolagus bennettianus
De Vis, 1887
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Bennett's tree-kangaroo range

Bennett's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus) is a large tree-kangaroo. Males can weigh from 11.5 kg up to almost 14 kg (25 to 31 lbs), and female about 8 to 10.6 kg (17.6 to 23 lbs). They are very agile and are able to leap 9 metres (30 ft) down to another branch. They have been known to drop as far as 18 metres (59 ft) to the ground without injury.[3]

Habitat[change | change source]

This very elusive (cryptic) tree-kangaroo is found in both mountain and lowland tropical rain forests south of Cooktown, Queensland to just north of the Daintree River. It is occasionally found in sclerophyll woodlands. It lives on the leaves of rainforest trees, notably Schefflera actinophylla (the umbrella tree), vines, ferns and various wild fruits.[4]

Diet[change | change source]

The Bennett's tree-kangaroo is a herbivore. It eats leaves from 33 different plant species.

Now that it is rarely hunted by Aborigines, its main predators are pythons and the dingo. It is thought to be the closest tree-kangaroo to the ancestral form.[5][6]

Physical description[change | change source]

Bennett's tree-kangaroo mother and baby

Like other tree-kangaroos it has longer forelimbs and shorter hindlimbs than terrestrial kangaroos and a long bushy tail. It is mostly dark brown above and lighter fawn on chin, throat and lower abdomen. The forehead and muzzle are greyish. The feet and hands are black. The tail has a black patch at the base and a light patch on the upper part. The ears are short and rounded.

References[change | change source]

  1. Groves, Colin (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds) (ed.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 59. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  2. Winter, J.; Burnett, S. & Martin, R. (2008). "Dendrolagus bennettianus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T6426A12759345. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T6426A12759345.en. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  3. Cronin (2000).
  4. Martin (2005).
  5. Martin et al 1996, pp. 94–95.
  6. Nguyen H. (2000). "Dendrolagus bennettianus". Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 2006-11-25.